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Paper Christmas Tree Ornaments

This year we are keeping all those christmas tree ornaments in storage and forgetting about buying new ones. How about D.I.Y all season long. Today it’s all about paper christmas tree ornaments. Yes that’s right paper. Making paper christmas tree ornaments can be fun and inexpensive.  You can use paper in the colour and pattern of your choice to go with a scheme you may have in mind. You can also do patterned or plain paper, or even a mixture of both. There are several techniques that can be used to create these ornaments, basic origami being my favorite, simple because you can manipulate the paper into various shapes. Check out these AMAZING tutorials we found online.

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I really like the shape of this striped paper ornament. It sort of looks like a flying saucer.  Check out the detailed and easy to follow tutorial at How About Orange

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This decorated paper box idea is really neat.  These boxes can also be personalize with photos of your family. Check out the tutorial at Unify Handmade.

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These woven paper baubles will sure impress your family when they come to visit. It takes a little more time than the average paper ornament to create but the finish product is definitely worth it. Next to Nix website shows how to make all three designs

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This paper heart-shaped ornament is just too cute.  Christmas is all about spreading love and this ornament sure represents that. Take a look at the tutorial at Resse Dixon.

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These Origami hanging decorations are a must try this season. Imagine how sleek these would look on your tree. Check out the easy to follow tutorial on mini-eco.co.uk

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These paper Christmas tree ornaments can also be hanged around the house. You can make them as big or small as you like using the same technique. See the tutorial at De Stampin Corner

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Check out our Pinterest Board “Paper Crafts” to see more wonderful Ideas.

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Thanks for joining us for another Make it Monday Moment, and we hope you will be making your own ornaments this christmas. Look out for Friday’s post where we have some inspiring ideas on Recycled Christmas Tree ornaments.

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Make it with Polymer Clay

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Enjoy the versatility of Polymer Clay for your craft projects. Polymer clay is a synthetic modelling material, which means it is not a type of clay that comes from the earth. It is actually formulated from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), dyes or pigments and plasticisers to keep it soft until heat cured. It is an acrylic art material.  All polymer clays are thermal set plastics, meaning they are hardened with heat and do not become soft again after curing. Polymer clay comes in various brands and many different colours. We at Bead Cafe carry Sculpey III and Sculpey Premo.

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Sculpey Premo – After conditioning this clay is soft enough to blend easily but firm enough to hold fine detail and for specialized techniques. It’s perfect for caning, mokume gane and mica shift. Because Premo retains flexibility, the finished product remains very strong and durable.  It is great for making millefiore beads and canes, delicate scrapbook pages, faux semi-precious stones or glass adornments.

Sculpey III – maintains tooling and detailing beautifully. Once cured, Sculpey III bakes hard and takes on a matte, bisque-type finish. It’s easy-to-use and stays soft until you bake it. Sculpey III is perfect for figurines, home decor, beads, charms and seasonal items. Sculpey III is great for beginners as it is a softer clay which makes it easier to work with.

Here are some great tutorials we found online.

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Faux Stone Beads

To create these Faux Stone Beads you need translucent polymer clay and whatever inclusions you have on hand such as colourful sand, dried flowers or leaves, embossing powder and dried herbs from the kitchen cabinet.  The possibilities are endless, visit Polymer Clay Web to view their Faux Stone tutorial.

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The spiral cane is a simple cane that is ideal for beginners. The Bead Shop in Nottingham shares this post http://mailorder-beads.blogspot.com/2011/09/polymer-clay-tutorial-spiral-cane.html

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Turtle Box Tutorial 

These are a nice gift idea,  fun to make and you can have the kids help with this project.

http://polymerclayworkshop.com/2013/04/02/polymer-clay-turtle-box-tutorial/

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Ombre Herb Garden Markers Tutorial

.  With a few simple craft supplies you can create this sweet herb garden markers.

http://www.humblebeadsjewelry.com/blog/ombre-herb-garden-markers-tutorial

Here Are Some Inspirational Pieces 

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Cookie Charms – http://pale-swan.deviantart.com/art/Polymer-Clay-Cookie-Charms-for-sale-214783749

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Chinese Knot Earrings – http://favim.com/image/481385/

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Polymer Clay Bangle – http://craftstew.com/

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Jewellery Box – http://ahha.deviantart.com/art/Polymer-Clay-jewelry-boxes-154814995

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Leaf Necklace – http://www.sculpey.com

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Faceted Beads – http://www.polymertutorials.com/

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